Pelikan M620 Madrid, M620 18K Extra Fine, inked with Pilot iroshizuku syo-ro

I love the look of this ruby red with grey and black marble effect pen. It is definitely the favourite red pen of my collection.


I seem to be only getting fine nibs into rotation of late. I didn’t realise I owned that many fine and extra-fine nibs. This nib an M620 18K extra-fine is actually the nib that came with the M620 Madrid pen and has been in my possession for six and a half years. This is the first time they have been back together since their first use in April 2012.


This beautiful ink was my first Pilot iroshizuku and was added to my collection just over eight years ago. The name syo-ro means pine needle dew, and I class this ink colour in the blue-blacks. This extra fine nib doesn’t show it at its best, but it does shade from broader nibs and will sheen red on Tomoe River paper.


Pelikan M625 Red, M620 18K Extra Fine, inked with J.Herbin Vert Empire

With a sterling silver grip section and blind cap the M625 Red is a different beast to the rest of my M600 pens. When I first bought it it took me a while to get used to its added weight and metal section. The red body is too dark in my opinion - I have to hold it in front of a bright light to see the colour.


Another old M600 extra fine nib, this time a 18K version from the M620 series of pens - Its not quite as problematic as the previous nib but it still produces a very fine line.


Last time I had this ink in rotation it was in a Sailor 1911 Medium with a H-F nib that writes with a hair width line. This time it is not much better to show off the properties of this ink. Maybe in 2½ years it will get used in a broad nib. An interesting olive green tone but no hint of shading or sheen from this nib.


Pelikan M620 Piazza Navona, M620 18K Extra Fine, inked with Bookbinders Snake Ink Eastern Brown

The Pelikan M620 Piazza Navona is one of the more unusual looking pens in my collection. Its barrel pattern and colour takes on the look of stone. Being named after a square in Rome that makes perfect sense.

I have no prejudices when it comes to nib width. I happily use pens with nibs fine or broad. This 18K gold extra fine nib is not that fine on the scale inclusive of japanese nibs, like most of my Pelikan nibs it is a wet writer which does widen the line width slightly.

My initial impression of the Bookbinder's Online Snake Inks are detailed here

I had a first hand encouter with an Eastern Brown snake during my teens, luckily I escaped with only a fright, considering it is the second most venomous land snake in the world it could have been far worse.

A decent shade of brown, probably not shown at its absolute best from this fine nib. It behaves very well and is on par with my other mid-brown inks.